Try this Cheesy Southwest Mac & Cheese

by Jenn

Recently my friend made this Southwest Mac & Cheese and invited my family over to have dinner.  I have to tell you that after eating this, I had to make this myself.  It is cheesy, has the southwest flavors, and of course bacon.  I love my bacon.  Putting bacon and cheese together makes a perfect dish, no matter what it may be.


Cooking this in a cast iron skillet makes it all the better.  The seasoning of the cast iron seems to bring out the flavors.  Doesn’t this dish look delicious?  I think so!  We made this and had a few other fixing’s to go along with this dish.


This Southwest Mac & Cheese is all homemade.  This is not just a box of Mac and Cheese with other ingredients added.   Each ingredient is added with macaroni noodles.  I really think that you will enjoy this dish if you like Mac & Cheese.  Especially homemade Mac & Cheese.


Have you made a homemade Mac & Cheese Dish of your own before?  My mom is passed away now, but when she was here with us she would always make the best Mac & Cheese dish.  This Southwest Mac & Cheese is second best to my moms.  Of course, I am partial. ;)   Moms always make the best food right?  Anyhow, I hope that you will try this amazing Mac & Cheese dish because it is creamy and delicious.


Give this Southwest Mac & Cheese recipe a try.  Once you do, you will find yourself making this more times than not.  Family and friends will be requesting that you make this for them or for Holiday get-togethers.  The easy recipe below is provided four your convenience.  All the seasonings and flavors will be throughout this dish.  I hope that you will enjoy this dish as much as my family and friends do.

Cheesy Southwest Mac & Cheese


Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )
Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 500 calories 10 fat


  • 1 1/2 C
  • 1 ½ C whole milk
  • 4 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • ¼ C unsalted butter
  • 1 C goat`milk cheese
  • 1 C gruyere
  • ½ medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ medium orange bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, crisp cooked and crumbled
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 TBSP Southwest seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the milk, butter, seasoning and flour to a pot on medium-high.
  3. Stir often until the mixture thickens.
  4. Add in the cheese, whisking until blended.
  5. Slowly add in the crumbled bacon mixing until combined.
  6. Add the chopped peppers to the cooked macaroni, stir to mix well.
  7. Stir in the cheese and bacon mixture to the macaroni.
  8. Spray the cast iron skillet with cooking spray.
  9. Add the macaroni and cheese mixture.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes/until the top is slightly browned.

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1 comment

Tiffany Dayton January 16, 2017 - 6:03 pm

This sounds good and tasty.


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